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  • Blog Post: REST2SQL in a Jiffy, with Tagspace for Spice

    A few months ago, Alex Barnett excitedly told me about a project he was working on with Pablo Castro , of the Microsoft SQL Server team. Like most things brilliant and game-changing, their invention is shockingly simple. As Alex explained it, project codename " Astoria " would enable anyone to expose...
  • Blog Post: Inspirational Video: Code Monkey

    Are you a code monkey ? Do you dress like a code monkey? Do you dance like a code monkey?
  • Blog Post: xClaims and Microformats

    In response to my penultipate post, reader "David" (the other David?) xClaims: "Um, I don't get it - what's this for again? Is it a microformat or something? I hereby claim xClaims are confusing." My vote: Abstain + a Comment (below): I hear you, David. And point taken. Note to Self: continue to refine...
  • Blog Post: Tagspace, Meet Claimspace

    In early June, we will launch a new social software service for technical professionals called Claimspace (codename, "Rapport"), which will join Tagspace , Blogs , and Forums as the newest member of the Microsoft.Community family . Our development lead, Doug , mentioned Claimspace a few weeks ago so...
  • Blog Post: Web Access for Visual Studio Team System

    Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, Brian Harry follows up on his recent announcement about Microsoft's acquisition of of devBiz , developers of TeamPlain Web Access for VSTS. Brian heads up our Visual Studio Team Foundation development team, based in Raleigh, NC. Note that TeamPlain is unrelated to Teamprise...
  • Blog Post: Alexbarn Leaves Microsoft...ARGH!

    With a farewell quote from the greatest American writer of all time, my friend, neighbor, and idea-mate, Alex Barnett has announced that he is leaving Microsoft and Redmond to join a startup in Utah: Bungee Labs. [Lump_in_throat]. If they had any idea of the potential that Microsoft is losing, with Alex...
  • Blog Post: Big in Japan

    Recently, I attended the Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) Attendee Party (thanks, Sean!) at the wonderful Boeing Museum of Flight , in Seattle, with my partner Dave Morehouse . Our Mission Find, gather requirements for, and validate our social software plans for what we stiltingly and half...
  • Blog Post: "Tagspace" Beta

    AJAX vs. Atlas ASP.NET Atlas ATOM C# C++ CodePlex coolgadgets database Dave Morehouse FoxPro Huong Nguyen J# LINQ Marshall Lin MSO .NET .NET2.0 PERL.NET Rapport REST RESTful RSS Ruby Sharepoint socialsoftware tagging Tagspace Taylor Parsons VB.NET VFP Vista VS2005 VSTS WikiWiki Win64 Windows Mobile Zune...
  • Blog Post: ActionPack for Your DAL: It's Slicker Than Hot Poi

    My good buddy Rob Connery, of Commerce Starter Kit fame, has started a groovy new project on CodePlex called ASP.NET ActionPack . ActionPack consists of a set of ORM tools, code generation and dynamic query tools. Inspired by the magic of Ruby on Rails, ActionPack provides a BuildProvider that reads...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex In the News

    UNO: This just in: CodePlex on Channel9 DOS: When we first launched CodePlex , one of our most frequently asked questions was, "How open are you planning to be with regards to projects that might compete with Microsoft products or run on different platforms?" My response was always some variation of...
  • Blog Post: ProfileApproval: Automated Propriety Policing for Online Dating Sites

    "Charlene" is a 26 year old "goofy goddess" with a terrific body and 2 Siamese kittens. Her user profile is well-formed, complete, and as far as her favorite dating site, CaliDate.com* is concerned, completely legitimate. However, Charlene's profile is a counterfeit. George is a 28 year old office manager...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server via Eclipse? Runs on UNIX, Mac, or Linux?

    Are you excited about the potential benefits of migrating from your existing source control and bug tracking tools to Visual Studio Team System? Stymied by bureaucracy and organizational inertia? Common Scenario: different groups in your organization use different IDEs on different platforms. Some teams...
  • Blog Post: Flickr .NET Mashups

    From the dean, Alex Barnett ( RSS ): "MSDN's Coding4Fun has a good intro article on playing with the Flickr API using Flickr.Net API library : "the actual mechanics of communicating with Flickr are relatively simple. The hard part is coming up with the idea for a groovy new application." For inspiration...
  • Blog Post: Cmd Shell for Visual Studio: Released on CodePlex

    This project is an awesome addition to the growing list of shared source software on CodePlex.com. " VSCmdShell provides users with a shell window inside the Visual Studio IDE that can be used for Visual Studio commands as well. Current version allows user to use either Windows Command Shell (cmd.exe...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Videos on Port 25

    Interested in CodePlex? Subscribe to the CodePlex tag on Port 25 . As of the date of this post there are two interviews ( Sara Ford's and mine with timeline thanks to Sara) along with a blog post by Bryan Kirchner in which he discusses "two of the most important studies of the motivations of open source...
  • Blog Post: Social Engineering in Open Source Projects

    A prospective CodePlex project coordinator recently asked me an intriguing question, "Have you seen any good qualitative data or studies on weight of factors for building successful open source applications?" By way of example, he enumerated a variety of possible factors including: Passionate...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Integration - CI for CodePlex

    This is sweet! Martin Woodward of Teamprise , a great guy I met earlier this week at TechEd Boston, explains how to set up CI for CodePlex projects using CruiseControl.NET. Since I began working on the Team System (and thereafter), I've been wondering how long it would take for an open source equivalent...
  • Blog Post: SednaX Moving to CodePlex.com

    As announced by project admin, Craig Boyd , the mighty SednaX project will soon be making the move from gotdotnet CodeGallery to CodePlex.com, both of which my team has developed and maintains as free, open, and inclusive project development venues and repositories for developers and aficionados of open...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Developers: Download VSTF Team Explorer and TF.exe for FREE

    CodePlex isn't just a shiny, new, hexagonally-embossed website for hardcore, online collaborative software developers and aficionados, it's a website sitting on top of a burly, new software configuration management system called Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. I am proud to have been involved...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research's "MapCruncher" and Virtual Earth Demo at VSLive! Orlando

    I'm sitting in a session on Web Mashups at VSLive! Orlando . Speakers are Ken Levy , the new product planner for Windows Live and Steve Milroy, a Virtual Earth Tech Consultant at Microsoft. Steve just did a demo of MapCruncher, an application from Microsoft Research that was just announced yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Jim Newkirk Announces CodePlex

    Over the last year, I found myself working on an another exciting [sigh] v1 product [sigh] at Microsoft [sigh] with an amazingly talented and passionate team [sigh] . As a born blogger, there are few things more difficult than keeping a big, fat, exciting secret. As a Microsoft employee, there are few...
  • Blog Post: Billy Hollis on Code Addicts (humorous)

    I kicked back with Billy Hollis and John Lam for a few minutes this morning, between sessions at VSLive! Toronto. John had just completed a good talk about The Future of Programming Languages and RubyCLR wherein he passionately (and convincingly) argued for code economy: "Do the simplest thing that works...
  • Blog Post: Air Canada SmartPhone Charger and Other Cool Travel Technologies

    From Milwaukee, I drove to Chicago, planning to attend any .NET developer events that might be going on in the area on a Sunday afternoon or evening in late April. None did, so I spent the night in a noisy but adequate Red Roof Inn near Microsoft's offices, in Downer's Grove. The next morning, I departed...
  • Blog Post: DasTrip

    En route to VSLive! Toronto , I decided to stop in Milwaukee, WI for a weekend conference called Deeper in .NET . Sponsored by the rockin' Wisconsin .NET user's group , organized by Scott Isaacs with assistance from Doug Rhoten of the rollin' Chippewa Valley .NET user's group , and underwritten by a...
  • Blog Post: Patent Number Zero

    This pleasant surprise awaited my return to work yesterday from signing the closing papers on my first and erstwhile home. Presumably, my co-conspirator Sandy received one as well, although I haven't seen him to congratulate him, yet. Microsoft awards a "patent cube" to all employees whose patent applications...
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